Special Athenry event to commemorate 100th anniversary of Liam Mellows

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Galway Sinn Féin will hold a special commemorative event for Liam Mellows in Athenry tomorrow, Sunday 4 December.

Mellows led the 1916 Rising in Galway, the largest mobilisation of volunteers outside of Dublin in 1916.

He then became a TD for East Galway and director of supplies for the IRA during the War of Independence.

One of the most prominent anti-treaty TDs, he was also among the most effective leaders of the anti-treaty forces.

Liam Mellows was executed in by the Free State on 8 December 1922 with Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey and Dick Barrett at Mountjoy Gaol.

The programme for tomorrow’s Comóradh Céad Bliain ar Liam Ó Maoilíosa

2.00pm Assemble Athenry Community Park
2.15pm Piper-led procession to 1916 Commemorative Garden,
passing Liam Mellows’ former residence
2.30pm Chairperson Louis O’Hara opens
2.40pm 1916 Proclamation read by Jim Ward
2.45pm Excerpts of Liam Mellows’ Dáil speech during the treaty
debate to be read Claire Kerrane
2.55pm The song ‘Máirtín Moylan’ sang by Kevin Rohan
3.05pm Letter from Mellows to his mother read by Laoise Byrne of
Ógra Shinn Féin
3.10pm Galway Roll of Honour read by Cllr Dermot Connolly
3.25pm Main Oration by Mairéad Farrell TD
3.45pm Wreath to be laid by family member of Volunteer from
1916: (Family of Willie Freeney, killed in action 1921)
3.50pm Lowering of the flags & Piper’s lament
4.00pm Amhrán na bhFiann by Shauna Redmond